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The day the Queen, William and Kate visited the Midlands

The Queen was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the Council House Balcony Nottingham this morning Photo: PA
The Queen begins her day greeted by children at Nottingham railway station Credit: ITV Central

Jubilee fever was reignited in the Midlands as The Queen, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the region.

They arrived in Nottingham on the first leg of the Diamond Jubilee tour.

Kate and William greeted the Queen as she got off of her train and the royal party proceeded to walk into the main station where they were greeted by hundreds of cheering well-wishers, some of whom had been there since 5am.

The Queen was given seemingly endless bouquets of flowers as she chatted with the masses of people waiting to meet her.

The people of Nottingham welcome the Queen as she begins the tour Credit: ITV Central

The Queen looked elegant in a silk tweed, double breasted Stewart Parvin coat and shift dress, her hat was by designer Rachel Trevor-Morgan.

Fashion icon Kate wore a blue coat by Missoni and a hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.

The royals proceeded to walk into the Old Market Square in the city centre as thousands of people had gathered to welcome the royals.

The Duke of Cambridge laughed with children at Vernon House Credit: ITV Central
Showgirls were ready to welcome the royals today Credit: ITV Central

The Queen, William and Kate made their way up to the balcony of the Council House in the Square to wave to the 20,000 well-wishers as the National Anthem played out.

One of those well-wishers was Maureen Cottee (66) from Leicester, she shook hands with Kate as she arrived in the square:

"I said 'I think you're beautiful, you look gorgeous' and she asked me what time I got here.

"I told her I arrived at around 5am and she laughed before asking 'Have you got your blanket?"

– Maureen Cottee from Leicester
Plain for all to see, people of Nottingham hold the banners for the royals Credit: ITV Central
A little prince: wearing the crown for the Queen in Nottingham Credit: ITV Central

The royal party left Old Market Square and were driven down roads lined with flag flying well-wishers to Vernon Park where Prince William made his official jubilee tribute.

The Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to The Queen as he made his speech Credit: ITV Central

"The occasion presents the perfect opportunity for me, through my patronage of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields, to pay tribute to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee.

"On behalf of Fields in Trust thank you so much your Majesty and to the Duke of Edinburgh.

"How grateful we all are for the extraordinary devotion and love you have shown to the people of this country and the Commonwealth.

"The Queen has been patron of 'Fields in Trust' formally 'The National Playing Fields' for 60 years of her reign.

"My Grandfather the Duke of Endinburgh who very sadly cannot be here today, has been president for 64 years."

– Prince William paying tribute today
The Queen unveiled a plaque to mark Vernon Park's new Queen Elizabeth II status Credit: ITV Central

The Duke of Edinburgh could not take part in the visit today as he continues to recover from a bladder infection.

Vernon Park, in Nottingham is the latest to be granted Queen Elizabeth II Fields In Trust status, making it one of the 1,300 recreational spaces to be given the status so far.

The Duchess and Queen laugh together during the activities at Vernon House Credit: PA

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is an initiative by the Fields In Trust charity to protect 2012 recreational spaces across the UK as a permanent legacy to mark the Jubilee.

The Queen unveiled a plaque, marking the park's new status before leaving to go to Burghley Park.

The Queen left Kate and William at Vernon Park where Kate collected bouquets from well-wishers and both chatted with children and the public.

The Duke and Duchess then took part in the sports-day style activities by Brockwell School, from Chesterfield that had been organised such as taking it in turns to throw an inflatable javelin.

The Duke and Duchess took part in some of the activities organised by Brockwell School Credit: PA

The Queen arrived at Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire at around 12.00pm.

Here 10,000 people were enjoying a jubilee picnic and welcomed Her Majesty as she landed on the estate by helicopter.

She was invited to plant a tree in the grounds to mark the visit and was given a tour of the house.

As the Queen prepared to leave the House for her next stop, Corby, the Red Arrows performed a flyover draping the sky with red, white and blue.

The final stop for the Queen was Corby, Northamptonshire.

Once again thousands of well-wishers greeted the Queen with rapturous enthusiasm waving flags and handing her flowers as she arrived at the East Midlands International Pool.

Inside, she was invited to take a seat next to the pool which was lined with a team of cheerleaders as a ten minute performance went underway from a team of synchronised swimmers and te Corby Steel Diving Club and City of Leeds Diving Club.

Caitlin McClatchey, a member of the Team GB Olympic Swimming Team was lucky enough to meet the Queen at the pool today:

Cheerleaders performed alongside swimmers for the Queen in Corby Credit: ITV Central

"It's really nice that we can all really be part of one country now as we will be in the summer and that everyone can be here for the Queen.

"She's been a figurehead of this country for 60 years and I feel so honoured and privileged to have been able to meet her."

– Caitlin McClatchey Team GB - Olympic Swimming Team
The Queen was greeted by thousands of well-wishers today on the first day of her jubilee tour Credit: ITV Central

When the Queen exited the pool, she greeted the crowds outside before being given a tour of The Cube theatre which included a performance in the theatre by a community choir and a dance troop.

The people of Corby presented her with a small gift before she made her way out of The Cube and met more well-wishers, before unveiling the second plaque of the day, this one to commemorate her visit.

The Queen stepped into her car to the sounds of roaring crowds and the sight of a sea of flags , marking the end of the day the Queen brought the jubilee spirit to the Midlands.

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